The Voyages of s/v Silverheels III

...a virtual ship's logbook, and some thoughtful (unabashed?) reflections on our sea-going experiences.

25 January 2017 | Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | Le Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | Le Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | St Pierre, Martinique
06 January 2017
01 January 2017 | Fort Du France, Martinique
28 December 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlet, Martinique
24 December 2016
14 November 2016 | St Anne, Martinique
06 October 2016 | St Anne, Martinique
04 October 2016
20 July 2016 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
15 June 2016
15 June 2016
13 June 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlets
13 June 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlets
09 May 2016 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe
09 May 2016 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe
09 May 2016 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe

A New Opportunity, and Another Excuse!

30 January 2012 | Mt Hartman Bay, Grenada
Last September I took a SCUBA certification course, and I loved it. Being under the water, feeling weightless and doing something that was just so cool. I am also very comfortable in the water, so it wasn't a tough transition for me to get into it.

Fast forward to January, 2012. Through our friends at "Scubatech" here in Grenada, I bought a new regulator and dive computer. This is the dive shop I took my course with, and have since become friends with. I was chatting with Jochen, who owns and operates the shop with his wife Sabine and Carsten, about the idea of going farther with my diving. I didn't mean just doing a Nitrox course and the Advanced course, but possibly as a Dive Master or Instructor.

Today we discussed it farther, and I have to admit, it looks darned good. Studying with them would also teach me many other skills not normally part of the course, like filling tanks and becoming proficient at fixing dive gear. The downside is that I would essentially have a full time job for a while, which would make boat work a little harder for me to do, and would leave much of it to Ken.

Ken and I discussed it, and he agreed that this would be a very good chance to increase my life skills... and potentially help the cruising kitty at some point. So now we have another reason to choose to stick around longer. I have 5 courses to take, and another 50-odd dives to get under my belt before I can be a Dive Master...

We've pretty much settled in for this winter to enjoy the relative coolness here in Grenada to get the pile of boat jobs lowered, and to get some of the extra "stuff" off the boat so we can find more breathing space. Now we have another reason to stick around. This may not be "cruising", per se, but it is still a darned good lifestyle. And man, am I going to get some GREAT diving in!

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Vessel Name: Silverheels III
Vessel Make/Model: Hinterhoeller, Niagara 35 Mk1 (1979)
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Lynn Kaak and Ken Goodings
About: After five summers and winters living on our boat in Toronto Harbour, we've exchanged those cold Canadian winters for Caribbean sunshine. "Nowadays, we have ice in our drinks, not under the boat."
Silverheels III's Photos - Silverheels III (Main)
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Looking for the next bouy enroute
Our whole life in 35 feet
Our peaceful lagoon in summer
Toronto skyline from Algonquin Island
QCYC Marine Railway: Lynn "workin
Lynn carefully heat-shrinks our winter cover with a propane torch
Jes loafin
Ken on deck
Island Christmas Party December 2007
Silverheels III at anchor, Humber Bay West
Niagara 35 Mk1
General pics of hikes in Grenada
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Created 18 August 2013
Some pictures of our time in Grenada
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Created 15 September 2010